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December 16, 2017
WOUB Local News
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Plant estimates clean-up in Portsmouth
(2008-08-15)
(WOUB) - The U.S. Department of Energy estimates it will cost $5 billion to $12 billion and take 36 years to clean-up the old Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Pike County.

The exact amount will be determined at least in part by a new Site Specific Advisory Board.

Members of the board were formally introduced Thursday night by D.O.E. Portsmouth Manager Bill Murphie, who promised to work with the community on the clean-up.

The 19-member advisory board will provide advice and recommendations on clean-up standards and waste management, among other things.

Val Francis of Pike County is a co-chairman of the group.

Geoffrey Sea is with a residents organization called the Southern Ohio Neighbors Group.

He's pleased that an advisory board has been formed but skeptical about how much it will be able to accomplish.

The Site Specific Advisory Board for the Portsmouth plant has nine members for Pike County, five from Scioto County, two from Ross County and one each from Athens County, Jackson County and Greenup County, Kentucky.
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